Born in Bothas Hill, KwaZulu-Natal, Sthenjwa Luthuli (b. 1991) is a South African artist working primarily in carved wooden reliefs and woodcut prints.
Luthuli held his first solo exhibition, Inkaba Yami, in 2020 with WHATIFTHEWORLD in Cape Town. Upcoming projects in 2021 include solo exhibitions with Unit Gallery in London and BKhz Gallery in Johannesburg. His work has been exhibited widely at national Art Fairs such as Investec Cape town Art Fair, FNB Art Joburg, and Latitudes and Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as AAF Lagos, Nigeria. His work was also included on the group show, The Medium is the Message, at Unit gallery London in 2020.
His work forms part of public collections such the Leiterin der stadtischen Galerie in Bremen, Germany and the National Art Bank at Oliewenhuis Museum in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Significant private collections include American collectors; Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s (Dean Collection), as well as the Judith Greenblatt Collection, New York, and Homestead Collection, Cape Town.
In 2012, Luthuli was nominated to participate in the Velobala mentorship program hosted by the African art Centre at the Durban University of Technology. Significant projects include a mural in the Concordia Tunnel in Bremen, Germany. In 2017 he was placed runner up in the Sasol New Signature Awards Competition
Latitudes will be co-curating Artnet Auctions’ second Africa Present sale, an auction designed to highlight the work of up-and-coming as well as established artists from the African continent.
Artnet is a leading resource for buying, selling, and researching art online. Founded in 1989, the online platform has revolutionised the way people discover and collect art today. “Latitudes is thrilled to be able to partner with a giant of the industry, in order to both broaden the collector base for art from Africa and set values for contemporary, living artists on the auction market,” says Lucy MacGarry, co-founder of Latitudes Online.
The Africa Present auction, a partnership between Artnet and Africa First by Serge Tiroche, is a dynamic initiative that uses the reach, contacts, and capabilities of Artnet’s global art marketplace to raise awareness about contemporary artists from Africa. In a forward-thinking bid to feature artists across all career stages, the auction lots are categorised into three sections: Meet, Support and Invest.
Participating artists for the Meet selection include, among others: Cinthia Sifa Mulanga, Lwando Dlamini, Kimathi Mafafo, Manyaku Mashilo, Sthenjwa Luthuli and Shakil Solanki.
Bidders can also expect to find notable works by artists such as Bouvy Enkobo, Dennis Muraguri, Ablade Glover, and Joseph Ntensibe in the Support and Invest sections of the sale.
August 31 - September 14, 2021
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